Montreux, Switzerland, is a magical destination coloured by a fascinating history and culture. In last week’s post you read about Montreux’s connection to the music industry. I’d like to continue exploring Montreux–the small city on the Lake Geneva shoreline in the heart of the region known as the Montreux Riviera.
You can’t visit Montreux and not be captivated by the omnipresence of the Chateau de Chillon, also known as Chillon Castle. You can see it from almost any view in Montreux. The massive castle was built over several centuries, with earliest mentions being from 1150 AD. There have been numerous additions, renovations, and restorations over the past 850 years that have changed, preserved, or enhanced what may have been. But regardless of whenever one may have visited the castle, there is no doubt that you would have been somewhat mystified by its incredible presence on Lake Geneva–known locally as Lac Léman.
It was kind of spooky to see a noose hanging in the lower level of the castle, but that was to remind us that Chillon Castle once contained a prison. On the bright side, Château de Chillon continues to host gala events at this incredible venue. Can you imagine enjoying a wedding or candlelight dinner here? Check out the website for photos of some of the events they have hosted. I’ll have to see if I can uncover a connection to chocolate …
In this post, we let our senses go wild as we taste the various delights that Montreux has to offer. And yes … that does include chocolate. 🙂